California dreaming by the mamas and the papas
California Dreamin: The True Story of the Mamas and the Papas The Music, the Madness, the Magic that was by Michelle PhillipsThe first half of this was very good indeed, and I was thinking that it would continue in that vein. But then things began to get rather sketchy, and a bit puzzling as well (eg, Gene Clark, who was portrayed as being very skittish about his affair with her, suddenly shows up in the front row of a M&P concert with a big grin on his face). Certainly its difficult to figure out what the writer is thinking sometimes, and her moral compass doesnt always seem to be too highly magnetized. Okay, so she was young and suddenly all this fame and fortune was thrust upon her; sure, anybody could spin out of orbit with all of that. But this was after all written some 20 years later, and youd think that the older (and wiser?) Michelle would kick in with a bit more commentary about her younger and sillier self. She seems all too often (when not acting like a spoiled brat) to be a vapid blonde.
We hear that she and her husband agree to stay together (more or less for the sake of the group). And then thats it. No more accounts of fighting or of the tension between members...it all just sort of segues into a fuzzy-headed sequence of parties and nights out on the town. All she can really seem to do after a while is talk about all her nifty new furniture and dinner plates. It was the honesty of the first part of the book which made it compelling, and which is sadly very much lacking in the second half. Somewhere in there (I cant find the page now) she says how shes not going to tell anything really intimate in this book, which is perhaps not the best attitude in the world for a memoir writer to take (lol).
There are indeed some amusing moments, such as describing the disappointing fourth album, which was recorded in the converted studio at their house: What a waste of a cedar closet.
And then theres the following:
John was up until dawn, strapped into his guitar, and he came to me in the morning and played me a wonderful tune. Isnt it pretty? he said. I have just spent the last few hours writing it.
I listened to it. It was lovely. John, I said. Youve just spent the night writing Autumn Leaves. These things can happen.
But mostly things become rather tedious as we have to listen to her (again) tell us how great M&P were. The biggest thing since the Beatles, to hear her account of it. Now, they had a cool sound (and look) for a while, and a string of very nice records...but no, they were not the Beatles.
You really have to wonder about someone who babbles on for page after page about her chintz curtains or whatever may be the objet dart of the moment, and yet voices nary a word when her daughter enters the world.
Then of course there was the section on someplace called the Daisy, which was alleged to be nice and fun, unless of course you were an outsider and had the door unmercifully slammed in your face. Unfortunately she seems to have gone rather Hollywood, as can perhaps be demonstrated by the glitzy glam shot of her which takes up the books back cover. It all seems a bit shallow and soulless to me, and not the sort of thing youd expect from the young wildcat acidhead she used to be.
The blurb about the author on the dust jacket is also something from right out of Hollywood. Indeed, it verges on self-parody. Here it is, in full:
Termed the purest soprano in pop-dom by Time magazine, Michelle Phillips is today an acclaimed actress as well as a musical legend. She starred opposite Audrey Hepburn and Omar Sharif in the film of Sidney Sheldons bestseller Bloodline, opposite Rudolf Nureyev in Valentino, and with other major stars in numerous motion pictures, TV miniseries, and made-for-television movies. Her latest starring role is one opposite Olympic gold medalist Mitch Gaylord in the motion picture American Anthem for Albert Magnoli, director of Purple Rain.
Woe unto those who start to believe their own hype... ;)
The Mamas And The Papas - California Dreamin'. Audio Gold Song ful chrissullivanministries.com4
California Dreamin' Live Musical Tribute to the Mama and Papas
The song is No. The song became a signpost of the California Sound ,  heralding the arrival of the nascent counterculture era. The Mamas and the Papas then recorded their own version using the same instrumental and backing vocal tracks, to which they added new vocals  and an alto flute solo by Bud Shank. The guitar introduction was performed by P. The single was released in late but was not an immediate breakthrough. After gaining little attention in Los Angeles upon its release, a radio station in Boston was the catalyst to break the song nationwide. California Dreamin ' also reached number 23 on the UK charts upon its original release, and re-charted after its use in a Carling Premier commercial in , peaking at number nine there.
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From her home in LA, singer-songwriter Michelle Phillips tells the story of the group that made her famous, the Mamas and the Papas. It is 50 years since the quartet known for its cheery sound finally split up but their songs still endure to this day. Combined with sharp songwriting and arrangements from John Phillips and musical contributions from some of Los Angeles' finest session musicians—especially drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Joe Osborne and keyboardist Larry Knechtel - the Mamas and the Papas created some of the most unforgettable songs of the '60s. California Dreamin', endures as an anthem of those heady times while they also had hits with, among others Monday, Monday and I Saw Her Again. Michelle talks about their rise to fame, the inspiration for the songs, how they were written and how the group's close personal relationships with each other often influenced their song writing and lyrics. We also hear how the Mamas and the Papas were often seen as a defining force in the music scene of the counter culture of the '60s. See all episodes from Music Extra.